iOS 11.4 has packed in some exciting features like the stereo pairing. Frankly speaking, I had been craving for this new add-on to arrive for the smart speaker. Now that it has finally been out, it would be really nice to have a go at it. Follow along to set up stereo pairing on the HomePod to enjoy music in its full-fledged form!
Before getting started, ensure that your devices are up and ready. You must update both your iPhone and HomePod to take the advantage of stereo sound. More after the break:
How to Set Up Stereo Pair with Two HomePods
To update your phone, open Settings app → General → Software Update → Tap on Download and install the latest iOS version.
To update your HomePod, open Home app → Tap on the tiny arrow at the top left corner → Under the Speakers section tap Software Update → Tap the Update (All) button to start the update → Agree on the Terms and Conditions page.
While setting up the second HomePod in the same room, you get an option to use both the HomePod as a stereo pair. If you didn’t get it done during setup, you can use the Home app for iOS to start using this feature now. One important thing worth noting is that you need to keep both of your speakers in the same room in the Home app.
Step #1. Launch the Home app on your iOS device.
Step #2. Now, touch and hold on the HomePod icon.
Step #3. Next, tap on Details.
Step #4. In the settings menu, you need to tap on Create stereo pair.
Then, choose another HomePod and the room. Next, you have to assign left and right channels to each speaker.
Step #5. Tap Back at the top left and then tap on Done to finish.
That’s all, there is to it! Now, if your track is compatible with stereo sound, you will be able to hear the different instruments being played on each speaker. Paired HomePods output not just robust sound but also ultra-powerful bass. Enjoy it to the fullest.
How to Ungroup the Stereo Pair and Make Two HomePods Function Independently
Ungrouping the stereo pair is just as simple.
Step #1. Open the Home app on your iOS device.
Step #2. In the Home or Room tab, touch and hold the paired HomePods.
Step #3. Now, tap on Details.
Step #4. Now, scroll down and tap on Ungroup Accessories.
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